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Aperol Spritz

Aperol Spritz Recipe - Gorgeous cocktail made with prosecco, aperol, and sparkling water or club soda. The perfect aperitivo to begin your evening with.

An aperol spritz next to a swimming pool

An Aperol Spritz recipe is perhaps my favorite souvenir from my recent trip to Italy.

Last September, my husband and I celebrated our 30th Wedding Anniversary by exploring Venice, Florence, Rome and the Tuscan and Umbrian countryside. We rented apartments in every city we visited and lived like locals. It was one of the best trips we’ve ever taken.

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I could write many articles about our glorious Italian vacation but I’ll save those for another time. Today, I am excited to share this Aperol Spritz recipe with you. This refreshing cocktail tastes incredible and is so easy to make.

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What Is Aperol?

Aperol is an aperitif that is a vibrant red-orange color. It has a low alcohol content (about 11%) and is infused with oranges, herbs, and roots.

Enjoying and Aperol Spritz at an outdoor market with a plate of assorted appetizers


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What Is An Aperol Spritz?

My first taste of a true Italian Aperol Spritz was on my second day in Venice. My son, who spent 4 months in Italy participating in a teaching internship in Milan, raved about these aperitivo cocktails.

Truth be told, I’ve enjoyed a few Aperol Spritz cocktails here in the United States but I was never overly impressed by them. In Venice, however, I remembered my son’s enthusiasm for the drink and decided to give the spritz another try.

Almost reluctantly, I ordered my first Aperol Spritz at a sidewalk cafe on one of the back streets of Venice and I immediately became hooked on them.

An Aperol Spritz goes wonderfully with cicchetti, small plates of food served in Venice that are enjoyed with friends. Cicchetti is similar to Spain’s tapas, or Milan’s aperitivo.

Back home, an Aperol Spritz is the perfect beverage to enjoy outside on a hot, sunny day.

Two aperol spritz in venice, italy


  • Chilled Prosecco
  • Aperol
  • Soda water or sparkling water
  • An orange slice, for garnish (optional)
  • Plenty of ice

The use of club soda is debatable in some circles. Most recipes call for soda water. I mostly make mine with sparkling water because that is what I always have on hand.

An aperol spritz and a small bottle of champagne, aperol and club soda

How To Make An Aperol Spritz

On our last afternoon in Venice, while waiting for the train to take us to Florence, I asked the bartender how to make an Aperol Spritz and this is his method:

Feel free to experiment with the ingredients and make your perfect Aperol Spritz.


  • 1/3 Prosecco
  • 1/3 Aperol
  • 1/3 club soda or sparkling water.


  1. Add the ingredients to a glass and fill with ice.
  2. Garnish with a slice of an orange if you’d like.

Simple and delicious.

What To Eat With An Aperol Spritz

An Aperol Spritz is the perfect pre-dinner drink. The Italians call it an aperitif because it helps to stimulate the appetite.

In Italy, we found ourselves enjoying an Aperol Spritz as a refreshing midday cocktail. It was a great way to cool off after a morning of walking and touring.

We also enjoyed it as it was intended to be, a “happy hour” drink which we sipped on while snacking on small plates of meat and cheese or cicchetti.

Enjoying Aperol Spritz in London

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two glasses of Aperol Spritz on a wood table

Aperol Spritz

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: cocktail
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 187kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • Ice
  • 1/3 cup Prosecco
  • 1/3 cup Aperol
  • 1/3 cup soda water , or sparkling water
  • 1 orange slice , optional


  • Fill a glass with ice. Add Prosecco to the glass followed by Aperol and soda water.
  • Garnish with an orange slice and enjoy!


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 39mg | Potassium: 69mg | Sugar: 16g | Iron: 0.3mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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  1. Lesley Nicholls

    Love Aperol Spritz….if making it for one and don’t want to open a bottle of Prosecco, I use San Pelligrino or other brand of blood orange Soda Also makes a nice variation of Campari Soda.

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